Contemporary Romance

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Her Favorite Rival

(This is now back in print--ebook only--so we're running the review again!) What could be better than an Australian coworkers-to-lovers romance with a promotion rivalry, and family disappointed that their kid didn’t grow up to be a doctor? No, I’m not talking about The Hating Game - which I lov ...

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Hard Ride

‘Tis a good day to be a romance book reviewer; A.M. Arthur hath stole my heart. (Post-reading afterglows bring out the poet in me.) I’m not sure how Arthur’s Clean Slate Ranch series has escaped my notice, but now that I’ve found her, I shan’t let her go. Sweet ‘n’ steamy gay interr ...

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House Rules

It’s too bad that the couple in Ruby Lang’s House Rules hadn’t stayed together in the first place because their second-chance romance is a dull love story. This third standalone installment in the Uptown series features mildly sympathetic protagonists whose largely uncomplicated reunion unfold ...

B
A Big Surprise for Valentine's Day

Jackie Lau's lighthearted romantic comedy series Holidays with the Wongs concludes with A Big Surprise for Valentine's Day. I've enjoyed all the titles in the series as each of the Wong siblings has found a partner and now it's youngest sibling Amber's turn. Amber lives in Stratford where she wor ...

B
My Viral Valentine

Most sports related romances tend to feature players on top tier professional teams, playing for the NFL (football), or NHL (hockey) or FIFA (soccer) for example.  Melanie Ting took a step back from that with her Vancouver Vice series, about hockey players in the junior leagues trying to make it to ...

C
Tucker

I have absolutely no clue why this book is called Tucker - after the hero - when it should be called Gillian for the heroine, because that’s whose story this really is. If only Gillian was a good heroine and didn’t spend the entire book agonizing over her engagement. To a man who isn’t Tucker. ...

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The Worst Best Man

As soon as I saw the blurb for The Worst Best Man, I thought it sounded like it could be a very fun read. And I’m generally up for very fun reads. In the end, this book did have its good moments, but overall, it just didn’t quite work for me. In the prologue, we see that Max Hartley’s broth ...

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So Close

Serena Bell is one of my auto-read contemporary romance authors so I'm always excited to see a new release by her, especially if it's the start of a brand new series. But there's a little surprise for her regular readers because she's set the series, Tierney Bay, in a familiar location. In 2015, she ...

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House Rules

House Rules is the third story in the Uptown series by Ruby Lang. Set in some of New York's original neighbourhoods, the houses and apartments the characters live in are as much a part of the stories as the characters themselves. I loved the first in the series, Playing House, especially the fact th ...

B+
Private Practice

Dr. Ellie Swann has come home to Bluelick, Kentucky, to open her own practice when she overheard her longtime dream man, Roger, has broken up with his fiancée Melody. Apparently Roger wants someone scorching and adventurous in bed, and Melody didn’t fit the bill. Unfortunately, neither does Ellie ...